tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:/posts Empire's Comics Presents: Cracking The Vault 2022-09-23T15:54:41Z Empire's Comics Presents: Cracking The Vault tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1522424 2020-03-22T01:11:43Z 2022-09-23T15:54:41Z Episode 174 - The 2019 Vaulty Awards

.. in which we, Tony Asaro, Patrick Clarke, & Ryan Miller, celebrate the best in comics & comics-related media of 2019, in our fifth annual Vaulty Awards show!!

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1516945 2020-03-05T21:42:35Z 2020-03-05T21:44:33Z Episode 173 - Horrified

.. in which we, Ryan Miller, Patrick Clarke, & Tony Asaro, celebrate Ryan's birthday in a town beset by evil, trying to fend-off the fury of Dracula, The Wolf Man, & The Mummy, in a round of Prospero Hall's Universal Monster-mash cooperative board game Horrified, out of Ravensburger Games!!

[Note: This episode is a tad noisy! 'Cause that's what happens when you put a mic on a table & then play a board game on that same table! Mistakes were made, lol. Regardless, we hope you enjoy the episode, because we had an absolute blast making it. Cheers.]

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1514675 2020-02-29T04:00:46Z 2020-02-29T04:00:46Z Episode 172 - New Years Comics Resolutions 2020

.. in which we, Patrick Clarke, Tony Asaro, & Ryan Miller, indulge in one of our longest-running annual traditions & take a look at how we did on our comics-related resolutions from 2019, before then making a whole batch of spectacularly-ill-advised new resolutions for 2020!!

[image from My Hero Academia by Bones/Funimation, created by Kōhei Horikoshi]

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1504694 2020-01-31T02:46:17Z 2020-01-31T03:08:12Z Episode 171 - The HoX & PoX of It All

.. in which we, Ryan Miller, Patrick Clarke, & Tony Asaro, try our level best to wrangle, explain, & discuss, our feelings about the biggest comic event of 2019: Marvel's 12-part, showstopping, X-Men miniseries, House of X & Powers of X, by Jonathan Hickman, Pepe Larraz, Marte Gracia, R.B. Silva, & Adriano Di Benedetto!!

[Note: We recorded this episode in November, just as the first wave of Dawn of X was debuting. Much has happened in those books in the meantime, & there have also been a great many exciting developments with Tony's flowerbed full of Krakoa Seeds. We will update you on these matters with all due haste.]

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1494742 2020-01-02T04:12:37Z 2020-01-02T04:18:08Z Vote For The 2019 Vaulty Awards Right Here!!

Hullo hullo, listeners & comic lovers, all!! Once more, the Vaulty Awards for excellence in comics, Sacramento, California's, longest running & most prestigious comic book awards event, are open for business! You can vote for the Listener's Choice portion of our 5th annual Vaultys in-person at Empire's Comics Vault, or you can vote online, right here, at the handy-dandy linkbelow.

Voting will be open 'till the end of January, & the results will be revealed on the awards show, in February. Please share this with everyone you know who reads comics & might like to vote; we would love to hear what your favorite comics, characters, & creators, of 2019 were, & the more input we get, the better!!


tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1493963 2019-12-29T20:25:52Z 2019-12-29T20:25:52Z Episode 170 - The Year Was 1979

.. in which we, Tony Asaro, Patrick Clarke, & Ryan Miller, travel all the way back to The Bronze Age of Comics in honor of Tony's birthday, & rap about what was on the spinner rack in 1979!!

(featuring reviews of Ghost Rider, Elfquest, & the original Marvel-era Star Wars comics)

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1492186 2019-12-23T03:43:05Z 2019-12-23T03:43:05Z Episode 169 - The Long-Lost Superman Ep

.. in which we, Tony Asaro, Patrick Clarke, & Minnie Saucedo, (with additional contributions from Ryan Miller, & Ben Schwartz), helped celebrate Tony's birthday way back in September of 2018 by talking-out all our feels concerning The Big Blue Boyscout, himself, Clark Kent.

*** This one sat buried in The Vault for an embarrassing length of time, which was unplanned & unintentional, & we're thrilled to finally put it out there, into the world. Thank you for sticking with us, thank you -as always- for listening, we hope you enjoy hearing this as much as we enjoyed making it, & we hope each & every one of you is having a warm & wonderful winter holiday season. Lastly but most importantly, a big thank you to Minnie for being such a vital part of our show for so many episodes. We remain deeply grateful to her, for her incalculable contributions to Cracking The Vault during her time with us. ***

[cover image from Action Comics (vol 2) #37, drawn by the incomparable Darwyn Cooke]

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1453319 2019-09-09T03:39:01Z 2019-09-09T03:39:01Z Episode 168 - 10 in 10 with Ben: September Edition

.. in which Tony Asaro sits down with Ben C. Schwartz for a our debut rapid-fire-questionnaire mini-episode of 10-in-10 with Ben!!

[cover image from Peter Parker The Spectacular Spider-Man #309, by Chris Bachalo & Tim Townsend]

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1451185 2019-09-03T03:13:13Z 2019-09-03T03:41:53Z Episode 167 - Planetary

.. in which we, Patrick Clarke, Ryan Miller, & Tony Asaro, belatedly celebrate Patty's birthday by discussing one of his favorite-ever comics: Planetary, written by Warren Ellis, drawn by John Cassaday, & colored by Laura Martin!!

[Warning: We talk about the entire book, in this episode! Consider yourselves officially spoiler-warned!! Additionally, we had to keep the A/C on during recording, because it was a scorcher, & we apologize for the resulting slight background hum. Last but not least, we totally forgot to mention the great Laura Martin during this episode, but her colors on this book are remarkable (as her colors always are, see also, her work on Wonder Woman, Thor, The Amazing Spider-Man, Black Panther, & heaps more beautiful comics over the course of her stellar & distinguished career), & we are collectively deeply embarrassed that we dropped the ball on saying so, on mic.]

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1450512 2019-09-01T04:36:04Z 2019-09-01T04:36:05Z Episode 166 - San Diego Comic Con 2019 News & Reviews

.. in which we, Tony Asaro, Ryan Miller, & Patrick Clarke, gather to talk Eisner Award Winners, newly released movie & tv trailers, & the rest of the biggest announcements that dropped at this years San Diego Comic Con!!

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1447296 2019-08-22T03:13:28Z 2019-08-22T03:13:28Z Episode 165 - Spider-Man: Far From Home

.. in which we, Tony Asaro, Patrick Clarke, & Ryan Miller, finally weigh-in on the 23rd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Spider-Man: Far From Home!!

[*Be-warned: This review contains spoilers from the get-go!*]

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1434760 2019-07-20T04:38:30Z 2019-07-20T04:38:30Z Episode 164 - The Future of The Marvel Cinematic Universe

.. in which we, Ryan Miller, Tony Asaro, & Patrick Clarke, muse & speculate upon what the Marvel Cinematic Universe might look like, in the next few years, as it moves into Phase 4!!

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1433050 2019-07-16T03:08:51Z 2019-07-16T03:08:51Z Episode 163 - Avengers: Endgame Review

.. in which, at long last, we, Tony Asaro & Ryan Miller, reveal our thoughts & our feels on the 22nd movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers: Endgame!

[This episode begins with Non-Spoiler talk, after which we issue a clear Spoiler Warning, before diving into a more detailed discussion of the film]

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1414571 2019-05-30T03:04:46Z 2019-05-30T16:36:24Z Episode 162 - Fourth Anniversary Ramen Bowl Roundtable

.. in which we, Tony Asaro, Patrick Clarke, & Ryan Miller, celebrate Cracking The Vault's 4th anniversary with our 4th-ever ramen bowl roundtable AMA special!

[episode image from The Best of DC #16, by Rich Buckler & Dick Giordano, courtesy of DC Comics]

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1403120 2019-04-29T02:15:46Z 2019-05-21T22:24:19Z Episode 161 - Free Comic Book Day 2019 Preview

.. in which we, Tony Asaro, Patrick Clarke, & Ryan Miller, dive into our annual sneak-peek of the creator line-up, festivities, sale info, & some of the array of FCBD 2019 books that will be available at Empire's Comics Vault, on Saturday, May the 4th, aka Free Comic Book Day 2019!!

[official FCBD 2019 t-shirt image by Derek Charm, of The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Jughead, & Star Wars Adventures, among other delightful & adorable things]

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1400563 2019-04-22T02:36:09Z 2019-05-21T22:24:25Z Episode 160 - The Mighty Captain Marvel

.. in which we, Tony Asaro, Patrick Clarke, & Ryan Miller, review the latest blockbuster from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain Marvel!

*Please note: We do discuss spoilers for the film, in this episode!*

[image from The Life of Captain Marvel #4, by the great Jen Bartel, courtesy of Marvel Comics]

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1384597 2019-03-12T01:49:09Z 2019-05-21T22:24:30Z Episode 159 - The Umbrella Academy

.. in which we, Ryan Miller & Tony Asaro, review the first season of Netflix's adaptation of the Gerard Way, Gabriel Ba, & Dave Stewart, Dark Horse comic, The Umbrella Academy!!

[Please be aware: The first 20 minutes or so are our spoiler-free impressions, after which we give a clear spoiler warning, & then proceed with loads of spoilers for both Season 1 of the show, & for the first two volumes of the comic!]

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1382534 2019-03-07T08:11:41Z 2019-05-21T22:24:32Z Episode 158 - The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl

.. in which we, Ryan Miller, Tony Asaro, & Patrick Clarke, celebrate Ryan's birthday by finally devoting an entire episode to one of our most beloved characters, & most-favorite comics on the stands: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl.

[image from The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #9, by Ryan North, Erica Henderson, & Rico Renzi, courtesy of Marvel Comics]

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1375958 2019-02-19T18:36:25Z 2019-05-21T22:24:34Z Episode 157 - Our Comic Book Resolutions for 2019

.. in which we, Patrick Clarke, Tony Asaro, & Ryan Miller, take a look back at how we did on our 2018 comic book resolutions, & then look forward to what comics-related goals we're hoping to accomplish this year!!

[image from Batman Adventures Holiday Special #1, by Paul Dini, Dan Riba, & Bruce Timm, courtesy of DC Comics]

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1369124 2019-02-01T08:24:03Z 2019-05-21T22:28:22Z Episode 156 - The 2018 Vaulty Awards

.. in which we, Tony Asaro, Ryan Miller, & Patrick Clarke, take a look back at the best in comics from last year, & announce the winners *including your Listener's Choice picks* in all 21 categories celebrating our favorite comics, characters, & creators, of 2018, in our 4th annual Vaulty Awards!

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1366533 2019-01-24T03:39:52Z 2019-01-24T03:47:05Z Episode 155 - Introducing People To Comics

.. one of our long-lost summer specials has finally surfaced(!), in which we, Minnie Saucedo, Patrick Clarke, & Ryan Miller, discuss how we go about introducing non-comics readers to our favorite four-color medium!

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1358709 2018-12-31T00:04:46Z 2018-12-31T00:42:19Z Episode 154 - Recent Reads & Hot Takes for The Holidays

.. in which we, Patrick Clarke, Ryan Miller, & Tony Asaro, offer up a smorgasbord of comics chatter, including-but-not-limited-to what we've been reading & enjoying recently, & whether or not Disney/Marvel will have a tough time working The Fantastic 4 into the MCU!!

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1354156 2018-12-17T03:47:29Z 2018-12-17T03:47:29Z Episode 153 - Welcome to Winter

.. in which we, Ryan Miller, Patrick Clarke, & Tony Asaro, don our warmest woolens & have a fire-side chat about our favorite wintery or rainy-day comics!

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1350134 2018-12-04T04:14:02Z 2018-12-04T04:21:47Z Episode 152 - Stan The Man

.. in which we, Tony Asaro & Ryan Miller, do our level best to say farewell to the face, voice, & soul, of American comics: Smilin' Stan Lee.

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1349461 2018-12-02T00:46:30Z 2018-12-02T00:48:14Z Vote For The 2018 Vaulty Awards Right Here!!

[steps onto soapbox, & turns on megaphone]

Ahem. Check, 1-2, check, check. Sibilance, sibilance ...



[turns off megaphone, steps off soapbox, & retreats into the mist]


tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1347895 2018-11-27T06:58:42Z 2018-11-27T07:01:10Z Episode 151 - Atomic Robo

.. in which we, Patrick Clarke, Ryan Miller, & Tony Asaro, gather to profess so much love for one of our very favorite books, Brian Clevinger's, Scott Wegener's, & company's, brilliant action-adventure comic Atomic Robo!!

[You can read Atomic Robo in print, available through IDW at your friendly local comic shop & everywhere else comics are sold, & also on their page, in full, starting right here!!]

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1346559 2018-11-22T21:54:41Z 2018-11-22T22:21:35Z Special Episode - What We're Thankful For In Comics

.. in which we, Tony Asaro, Ryan Miller, & Ben Schwartz, celebrate ye annual Turkey Day by talking about what we're thankful for, in comics!

[episode image from A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Peanuts was created by Charles Schulz]

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1344416 2018-11-16T02:59:36Z 2018-11-16T22:19:05Z Episode 150 - Our Star-Studded Sesquicentennial Soiree

.. in which, to celebrate the landmark, we gather 'round once more with some of our favorite people for an evening of custom-baked comic-book-trivia, to see who is worthy enough to take home Mini-Mjölnir (& also a giant homemade cookie, thank you very much)!!

Emceed, Gamesmastered, & Written By Ryan Miller!

& starring our three teams of hopeful contestants:

* Tony Asaro & Alex Dres as "Peanuts & The Revolution"!

* Minnie Saucedo & Stephanie Groce as "The Mighty Bifrosty"!!

* Patrick Clarke & Amy Nunag as "The Rescue Rangers"!!!

* & our roving all-time quarterback Ben Schwartz as "The 3rd Wheel"!

A massive & wholly heartfelt thank you to everyone who celebrated our 150th episode with us, & to all of you out there who have listened to & supported the show, over the last three & a half years. It really means the world to us. Cheers!!

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1338611 2018-11-01T01:13:27Z 2018-11-01T01:13:27Z Special Episode - Genres of Horror

.. in which we, Minnie Saucedo, Patrick Clarke, Ryan Miller, & Tony Asaro, celebrate the season by discussing some of our favorite & least-favorite horror genres & October-appropriate movies!!

[episode image from Secrets of Haunted House #5, drawn by the great Bernie Wrightson, courtesy of DC Comics]

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1332801 2018-10-16T06:03:49Z 2018-11-12T04:08:24Z Special Episode - Scum & Villainy

.. in which we, Patrick Clarke, Tony Asaro, & Ryan Miller, kick off our October celebrations with a special episode all about our favorite villains!!

[episode image from The Mighty Thor #3, by Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, Matt Wilson, & Joe Sabino, courtesy of Marvel Comics]